Brazilian mining giant, Vale has said it has reached full production capacity at its new iron-ore pellet plant in the Omani port of Sohar, and is preparing to double its output in the coming year, The National has reported. The complex is a joint venture with the Omani government. Vale has invested more than $1.36bn in the facility, with Oman contributing a further $750m in infrastructure. The complex comprises two pelletising units, each with a nominal production capacity of 4.5 million tonnes of direct-reduction pellets per year, and a distribution centre with a throughput capacity of 40 million tonnes per year. The company’s first production line began operations last April, supplying pellets to key steel producers in the region.